Family awarded $55 million in birth injury lawsuit

by lmallernee | October 1st, 2012

October 1, 2012

A jury awarded a family $55 million after their child suffered injuries due to medical malpractice, reports WBAL.

The lawsuit says that doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital waited too long to give the mother an emergency Cesarean section.

The mother was giving birth at home with a midwife when the baby became stuck. She was rushed to Hopkins by an ambulance.

“I remember seeing my husband. He was crying and scared, you know, seeing me on the stretcher and going to the ambulance,” the mother said. “They said everything was going to be OK. I went thinking [to the hospital], ‘I’m going to have a C-section immediately.'”

When she arrived at the hospital, doctors did order an emergency C-section, but they waited two hours.

The child, who is now 2 years old, suffers from severe developmental disorders.

“They told us that he would smile, and he is, and I remember thinking at the time, ‘That’s it?'” said his mother about her son. “Now, I understand that’s incredible.”

The family attorney said, “Our theme of the case; ‘Was it common sense?’ Urgent means urgent. Urgent doesn’t mean take your time. Urgent doesn’t mean get to it when we get to it.”

If you or someone you know has a child who suffered from a birth injury, the Ohio personal injury lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy may be able to help.